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  1. Pick something current?
  2. Use two independent sources?
  3. Read your sources before writing the story in your own words?. Do choose a unique title? before you start.
  4. Follow Wikinews' structure? for articles, answering as many of who what when where why and how? as you can; summarised in a short, two- or three-sentence opening paragraph. Once complete, your article must be three or more paragraphs.
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    [RECOMMENDED. Starts your article through the semi-automated {{develop}}—>{{review}}—>{{publish}} collaboration process.]

 Welcome, Hallows AG! Thank you for joining Wikinews; we'd love for you to stick around and get more involved. To help you get started we have an essay that will guide you through the process of writing your first full article. There are many other things you can do on the project, but its lifeblood is new, current, stories written neutrally.
As you get more involved, you will need to look into key project policies and other discussions you can participate in; so, keep this message on this page and refer to the other links in it when you want to learn more, or have any problems.

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Listed here are the official policies of the project, you may be referred to some of them if your early attempts at writing articles don't follow them. Don't let this discourage you, we all had to start somewhere.

The rules and guides laid out here are intended to keep content to high standards and meet certain rules the Wikimedia Foundation applies to all projects. It may seem like a lot to read, but you do not have to go through it all in one sitting, or know them all before you can start contributing.

Remember, you should enjoy contributing to the project. If you're really stuck come chat with the regulars. There's usually someone in chat who will be happy to help, but they may not respond instantly.

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Wiki projects work because a sense of community forms around the project. Although writing news is far more individualistic than contributing to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, people often need minor help with things like spelling and copyediting. If a story isn't too old you might be able to expand it, or if it is disputed you may be able to find some more sources and rescue it before it is listed for deletion.

There are always discussions going on about how the site could be improved, and your input is of value. Check the links here to see where you can give input to the running of the Wikinews project.

Find help and get involved
Write your first article for Wikinews!

Use the following box to help you create your first article. Simply type in a title to your story and press "Create page". Then start typing text to your story into the new box that will come up. When you're done, press "save page". That's all there is to it!

It is recommended you read the article guide before starting. Also make sure to check the list of recently created articles to see if your story hasn't already been reported upon.

-- 20:01, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Libyan rebel forces article........ edit

Just a friendly word here.....without 3 sources, the article you submitted is DOA. You also might want to add a bit more "meat" to the article, as 2 sentences really won't cut it here either. Could make a good "Brief" or "Short", though!--Bddpaux (talk) 01:49, 18 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nah, two sources will do, provided they independently verify the news event. But for a standalone article, at least three paragraphs. --Pi zero (talk) 01:58, 18 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh. I see. 'Cause there are already two sources, but one of them doesn't verify the news event. (My bad.) Yeah, at least one more source is needed — which makes (count 'em) three. --Pi zero (talk) 02:13, 18 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Welcome1 edit

Oh...and by the way: Welcome!! --Bddpaux (talk) 01:50, 18 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

US hikers freed after 2 years in custody in Iran edit

Hi. A problem came up when reviewing your article (there could still be time for repairs). See my review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 00:59, 23 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Take a look at my review comments, and the edits I made during both reviews. (The edits to the body during the first review have to be taken one at a time to see how limited they actually are.) --Pi zero (talk) 13:58, 23 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

California Governor Jerry Brown signs Dream Act edit

Reviewed as "Not ready". See review comments. --Pi zero (talk) 22:34, 8 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

{{aband}} edit

A tip: when tagging an article as abandoned, use "{{subst:aband}}". That automatically fills in the date of tagging, so the article will be automatically flagged for deletion after the appropriate interval. --Pi zero (talk) 19:12, 12 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi edit

Hi Hallows, nice speaking to you yesterday. :) Just thought if you were interested about OpenGlobe, I transferred all three articles from here to there and they were all published within an hour. See here. Regards, --Onewhohelps (talk) 08:34, 28 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image licensing edit


Hi there. You have uploaded one or more images to Wikinews in the past, but it is missing important information. All images uploaded to Wikinews require a source and licensing information: anything that doesn't have both is assumed to be copyrighted and therefore ineligible for usage on Wikinews. Please check your files and ensure that your files fit the image use policy. Images that have been identified as having issues include, but are not limited to, the following:

Thanks, Microchip08 (talk) 10:16, 4 May 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]